People on Tabuaeran Island, Kiribati. Editorial credit: Kara Math /


Kiribati is a multiparty democracy that holds regular elections and has experienced peaceful transfers of power between competing groups. Civil liberties are generally upheld, though outstanding problems include a ban on same-sex sexual activity, and some forms of gender discrimination.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Kiribati Country Report

Kiribati is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.